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March 4, 2019
Mayor Tim Sandoval’s Remarks
He called on residents and business leaders to help him once again take ownership of the city and help reimagine Pomona’s future. The city can only get there, Sandoval said, if it focuses on two things: the people and institutions.
He commended such organizations as the NAACP and Latino/Latina Roundtable, whose members “continue to advocate for the state’s most vulnerable students to have access and support at our public universities in an effort called ‘College for All.’”
CENSUS PREPARATIONS MOVES FORWARD
January 30, 2019
Federal judge denies Census Bureau motion to dismiss suit over inadequate government preparations for the 2020 Census
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and its allies today won a major court ruling that allows them to proceed with a federal lawsuit challenging the government’s inadequate preparations for the 2020 Census.
The Three-Fifths Compromise of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 counted enslaved Black people as three-fifths of a person in apportioning congressional districts. And ever since that time, the Census has continuously severely undercounted communities of color.
Say Her name
January 21, 2019
Documentary Sandra Bland "Say Her Name"
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday with your community
PALA Action Planning Workgroup
August 7, 2018
Jeanette Ellis-Royston Gave Testimony at the PALA Action Planning Workgroup with City and County Representatives
Collaboration leads to opening of joint office
February 19, 2018
During a little more than three years, the Pomona Valley Branch of the NAACP and the Latino-Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel Valley and Pomona Valley have been partners on various matters tied to issues such as social justice, education, voting rights and immigration.
Members of both organizations have marched together multiple times. The first time was in December 2014 when the NAACP and the Roundtable held a peace march in solidarity with those who have been victims of violence committed by members of law enforcement across the country. They've walked together as part of the Cesar Chavez Pilgrimage honoring the legacy of the late civil rights leader, said Jose Calderon, president of the Roundtable.
"Federal immigration policies will not be enforced by sheriff's department, Pomona police"
May 25th, 2017
"We don't have time for that,” said Capt. Andy Berg of the Sheriff's Department's San Dimas station. "We really are not too interested in immigration status. We have a lot of public safety concerns, trying to address violent crimes... and the sheriff's department does not view immigration enforcement as part of our daily duty."
"What residents really told police officers when they got a chance in Pomona"
May 19, 2017
More than 75 people, representing eastern Los Angeles County communities and more than two dozen members of nine area law enforcement agencies, gathered at the Village Conference Center in Pomona on Thursday night to hear from each other and to strengthen police-community relations.
The Truth and Reconciliation program, organized by the Social Justice Advocacy Project in conjunction with the NAACP Pomona Valley branch, is part of an ongoing effort meant to bring the public and law enforcement together to discuss issues of community concern and find solutions together, organizers said.
Woman of the year spent life advocating for others
April 6, 2017
Longtime Claremont community activist, volunteer and senior citizens' advocate Sandy Hester was recently recognized for her numerous accomplishments and contributions to the region with a Congressional Woman of the Year Award from Rep. Judy Chu, D-Pasadena.
Pomona delegation honored
July 28, 2016
Woman of the Year Jeannette Ellis-Royston was recognized as an active civil rights leader and expert in the community. "She has earned a strong reputation as a dedicated volunteer and advocate for the people of Pomona," Hemming said. She serves as President of the Pomona Valley Branch NAACP, has been effective in bringing law enforcement and the community together to build stronger working relationships, and prides herself on inclusiveness, Hemming added.
L.A. County Board of Supervisors
Passed Parks & Open Space Measure
NAACP Life Member,
Responses to Islamophobia
May 8, 2016
"Islamophobia prompts Pomona group to start dialogue to create a more united, peaceful community"
The Dec. 2 terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and in other parts of the world have made some people fear members of the Muslim faith, said a Pomona activist.
To break down barriers and build relationships, the NAACP Pomona Valley branch, in collaboration with area faith leaders, will host a community dialogue from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Village Conference Center, 1460 E. Holt Ave. The center is accessed via Entrance No. 1.
"By building a community, we all feel safe and we can rally around those who don't feel safe," said Jeannette Ellis-Royston, president of the NAACP Pomona Valley branch.
Pomona NAACP NIght at the African American Museum of Beginnings
Local NAACP Sets its Sights On Progress
Celebrating its 61st year of dedicated service in advocating for civil rights, the Pomona Valley Branch of the NAACP held its year-end reception on Dec. 19 at the Kennedy Austin Foundation Center.
The branch was charted in 1954 and was reactivated in 2014. This past November, the branch aggressively recommitted to advocating and protecting the civil rights of all local residents.
Community leaders & representatives from throughout the region attended the event and were treated to a robust keynote speech from Dr. Wilma Ellis-Kazemzadeh, who reminded the audience that the struggle continues, and united, we remain strong!
Thousands march across Claremont Colleges, call for solidarity
“the Million Student March”
November 13, 2015
Local leaders, including Pitzer College Chicano studies professor Jose Calderon and NAACP Pomona Valley President Jeanette Ellis-Royston, were invited to speak to the crowd along with students.
"[The march] speaks volumes. It also sends a message to the community, to the valley, particularly to the staff and faculty at the Claremont Colleges," Ms. Ellis-Royston told the COURIER. "If you look through this circle here, you have people from all walks of life. And they're here for one reason, because of discrimination and injustice to an individual or to a group. When we come together like this, it tells the faculty - or those in the community or those in power - that we're not going to have it."
"Community turns out for Pomona NAACP's 'America's Journey for Justice' rally"
"Black, brown, yellow, white, All the people must unite" was one of the cheers - and a central message - of last month's "America's Journey for Justice Rally in the Pomona Civic Center, sponsored by Pomona Valley Branch 1085B of the NAACP.
The event was held to remember and honor the late civil rights leader Julian Bond, who was a former Georgia state legislator and national chairman of the NAACP. He died in August at the age of 75.
NAACP Pomona Valley Branch gathering addresses human rights, equality
Human rights, voting rights, environmental and economic justice were some of the topics discussed by residents, activists and clergy at a gathering Wednesday evening at the Civic Center Plaza.
The gathering, called America's Journey for Justice Rally, was organized by the Pomona Valley Branch of the NAACP and addressed issues on the minds of participants in the recent America's Journey for Justice, a 1,000-mile march that began Aug. 1 in Selma, Alabama, and ended in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 16.
Jeanette Royston installed as Pomona Valley Branch NAACP President
quite a journey…
Pomona Valley Branch NAACP President Jeanette EllisRoyston, members of the executive board, and executive committee members were officially sworn into office last month at an installation of officers luncheon at Pomona's Macedonia Community Service Center.
Royston, who led the organization's reactivation efforts beginning in 2013, told a capacity crowd that it was "quite a journey."